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Microsoft to ban gun Avatar accessories on Xbox Live

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Dec 27, 2011
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  1. Microsoft is set to ban the purchase of all gun-related Avatar accessories as part of a new Xbox Live policy effective January 1, 2012. Users that have purchased the "offending"…

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    What ever will we do?!?
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,633   +695

    Dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Really - this is all that Microsoft has time for?
  4. Vollezar

    Vollezar TS Booster Posts: 105

    Whaaaa? How is it family friendly? Or unfriendly for that matter? They will ban the avatar but keep on selling "violent" games? Just retarded.
  5. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Maybe they need to update the Avatar system to have accessory tags that can rate the extras as adult material and when playing in a safe environment, those extras can be filtered out. Maybe now, they don't have that functionality.

    So will they remove all weapons... swords, ninja star, etc or is this a focus on firearms only?

    The have a right to do it and at least they are letting people who previoulsy purchased the items keep them. I can understand where they are coming from, and I can also understand the frustration of gamers that might have wanted guns for the flare factor.
  6. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,514   +900

    another reason for me to avoid console systems.
  7. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Guru Posts: 528   +42

    Just get rid of avatars, or give us the option to not use them. I never enjoyed these Mii copies.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    "You write 'Born to Kill' on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What's that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?!"
  9. The whole thing is STUPID. I guess they will take away my avatar's lightsaber next?
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,840   +1,184

    haha, Gwailo, funny, Hopefully enough of these readers are old/cultered enough to get it.

    Seriously though... it's their universe, they can ban/allow whatever they want. If enough people leave, then they'll reconsider. Like when Walmart removed the word 'Christmas' from all their Christmas stuff because people might be offended. Turns out, removing Christmas offended far more people, and they put it back the following year.

    Vote with your dollars.... works every time.
  11. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    I don't really understand 'why' they are doing this.
  12. >"Halo gamers might expect to see a gun-toting Avatar but someone playing Kinect Sports might not."

    nonsensical justification. by that measure, one could argue that legend of zelda gamers might expect to see a fairy princess avatar, but someone playing MW3 certainly would not.

    this is clearly some misplaced anti-gun silliness, otherwise they'd require avatars to match the theme of whatever game you happen to be playing, not just a simple ban on images of guns. stupid, stupid, stupid.
  13. guns dont kill people, avatars do. wait a minute....
  14. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 757   +213

    I'll keep to STEAM, no reason to get an Xbox now.
  15. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 855   +64

    Who needs a gun when you can buy a light saber and a batman suit..
  16. Thats silly. Why don't they just ban the Gears of War series. It features a gun WITH a chainsaw attached to it! That's like double the offense!
  17. Seriously, anyone that has a little common sense and this is what they should have done, if its such a big deal and they are scared of getting sued then put some parental protection options that will remove guns from avatar, or an option that will replace guns with... 2x4 sticks or something.
  18. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    don't worry guys, gun murder rates are sure to do down after they implement this.
  19. Cellar

    Cellar TS Rookie

    People are so sensitive about guns.

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